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Yahoo! Sports' trio of fantasy experts will each offer up, on a regular basis, a look at their top five lists dealing with a variety of topics.

This week's topics: With the launch of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball 2005, the experts get in the drafting mood by offering up their top five players by position.

Top 5 catchers
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Victor Martinez
  2. Ivan Rodriguez
  3. Javy Lopez
  4. Jorge Posada
  5. Joe Mauer

    His potential is limitless, and his learning curve will be short

  1. Victor Martinez
  2. Ivan Rodriguez
  3. Javy Lopez
  4. Jason Varitek

    Varitek ranked second among BoSox and MLB catchers with 10 SB.

  5. Jorge Posada
  1. Victor Martinez

    100 RBIs by a catcher is rare these days, especially one in his first full season

  2. Ivan Rodriguez
  3. Javy Lopez
  4. Joe Mauer
  5. Jorge Posada
Top 5 first basemen
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Albert Pujols
  2. Todd Helton
  3. David Ortiz
  4. Jim Thome
  5. Mark Teixeira

    40-plus home runs seems almost certain

  1. Albert Pujols
  2. Todd Helton

    Holds an absurd .377 career average at Coors.

  3. David Ortiz
  4. Jim Thome
  5. Carlos Delgado
  1. Albert Pujols

    500 RBI in first 4 seasons puts him in company of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams

  2. Todd Helton
  3. Jim Thome
  4. Carlos Delgado
  5. Mark Teixeira
Top 5 second basemen
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Alfonso Soriano
  2. Marcus Giles

    Entering his prime (26) with 20/20 skills pushes him ahead of the vets

  3. Bret Boone
  4. Jeff Kent
  5. Jose Vidro
  1. Alfonso Soriano
  2. Bret Boone

    24 HR with 83 RBI in "down" year. Add Sexson and Beltre – big things await.

  3. Marcus Giles
  4. Jeff Kent
  5. Mark Loretta
  1. Alfonso Soriano
  2. Marcus Giles
  3. Bret Boone
  4. Jeff Kent
  5. Chone Figgins

    Being able to play his 30-40 steals nearly anywhere is a nice luxury to have

Top 5 third basemen
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Alex Rodriguez
  2. Scott Rolen
  3. Adrian Beltre

    Don't call '04 an anomaly. With his ability, it was what we've been waiting for

  4. Aramis Ramirez
  5. Eric Chavez
  1. Alex Rodriguez
  2. Scott Rolen
  3. Adrian Beltre
  4. Aramis Ramirez
  5. Melvin Mora

    A five-tool contributor with two straight years of .400-plus OBP.

  1. Alex Rodriguez
  2. Scott Rolen
  3. Eric Chavez

    Big jump in OBP in '04 suggests that .300, 30, 100 season is imminent.

  4. Melvin Mora
  5. Adrian Beltre
Top 5 shortstops
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Miguel Tejada
  2. Derek Jeter
  3. Jimmy Rollins
  4. Rafael Furcal

    Love his age (26) and the 21 steals post All-Star break.

  5. Nomar Garciaparra
  1. Miguel Tejada
  2. Derek Jeter
  3. Michael Young
  4. Nomar Garciaparra

    When sound, he averages 27 HR and 107 RBIs. Will his Achilles hold?

  5. Jimmy Rollins
  1. Miguel Tejada
  2. Nomar Garciaparra
  3. Edgar Renteria

    Hitting in front of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz is the definition of the catbird seat.

  4. Derek Jeter
  5. Jimmy Rollins
Top 5 outfielders
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Vladimir Guerrero
  2. Carlos Beltran
  3. Bobby Abreu
  4. Manny Ramirez
  5. Carl Crawford

    Don't underestimate the impact of .300, 100 runs and 60 steals

  1. Carlos Beltran
  2. Vladimir Guerrero
  3. Bobby Abreu

    Has averaged 24 HR and 31 SB in the past six years.

  4. Manny Ramirez
  5. Barry Bonds
  1. Vladimir Guerrero
  2. Carlos Beltran
  3. Bobby Abreu
  4. Manny Ramirez
  5. Ichiro

    Likely would have led MLB in Runs in '04 with Beltre and Sexson behind him.

Top 5 starters
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Randy Johnson
  2. Johan Santana
  3. Jason Schmidt
  4. Mark Prior

    Forget the rest of '04, he was right in Sept. (2.17 ERA, 43 K's, 7 BB)

  5. Pedro Martinez
  1. Randy Johnson
  2. Johan Santana
  3. Jason Schmidt

    Has piled up 35 wins in the past two years with 459 strikeouts.

  4. Roger Clemens
  5. Mark Prior
  1. Randy Johnson
  2. Johan Santana
  3. Mark Prior
  4. Jason Schmidt
  5. Curt Schilling

    20 wins, 200-plus K's in 3 of past 4 seasons

Top 5 closers
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Eric Gagne
  2. Mariano Rivera
  3. Brad Lidge
  4. Francisco Rodriguez
  5. Keith Foulke

    Consistency: Six straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.00 or less

  1. Eric Gagne
  2. Mariano Rivera
  3. Brad Lidge
  4. Joe Nathan

    From vulture to closer: Converted 48 of 51 save opportunities in 04.

  5. Armando Benitez
  1. Eric Gagne
  2. Brad Lidge
  3. Keith Foulke
  4. Francisco Rodriguez

    Could get as many saves as Rivera and twice as many K's

  5. Mariano Rivera